What a weekend! We hope you've enjoyed the Easter break as much as we have and got plenty of riding in. We also managed to get plenty of testing in, which is just as well with stormy weather heading to the south west later this week...
Bontrager's new Wavecell patented helmet safety construction method has made it onto a commuter option too, as it also features on the XXX race lid. A 'fashion-forward' helmet according to Trek, it's touted for commutes, e-bike rides and everyday adventures, and features the Wavecell collapsible cellular structure on the inside of the helmet. There's a BOA system to adjust and secure it, and there's a magnetic buckle at the chin to makes fastening quick and easy. You can also attach Bontrager's Blendr rear mount system to integrate lights. Speaking of which, the Charge also has reflective elements at the rear to offer some extra visibility in the dark.
Rapha have trickled down their shorts with pockets idea (dubbed 'banana pockets' due to the initial marketing video) to the Core range, and at £110 they're much more affordable than the £195 you pay for the higher-end versions. Described as "a comfortable and dependable pair of cycling shorts for every day", there are pockets either side for storing whichever fruit you prefer (or other things like tools perhaps), and there are also back pockets too. They're made of a dense-knit fabric with fewer seams around the waist to increase comfort, and the bib section incorporates a lightweight, breathable fabric that stretches to accommodate riders of all heights. Have they become a core piece of kit in David Arthur's cycling wardrobe? Find out in his full test report soon.
Despite been called Driser-16, these bars actually provide a 20mm rise thanks to the upwards curve without having to use additional stem spacers. They're shaped to be ergonomically comfortable, with an additional 16° flare in the drop area to add 93mm of extra ergonomic enhanced control to the overall width, claim Genetic. They're recommended for CX and gravel racing, so did Mike Stead appreciate the extra rise off-road? His review is coming this week.
Lazer's innovative aero road lid has been updated with a newly engineered Airslide sliding vent that is supposed to open and close easier, and there's now a removable visor that offer a more aero solution to regular shades. For those cooler days when the Airslide isn't needed, Lazer now supply a fully closed cap section to create an even more aerodynamic version of the helmet. Is it the ultimate solution for both cooling and aerodynamics without the need to buy separate lids? Elliot Barratt is testing it now.
These shades from Tifosi feature their Fototec shatterproof lenses that adapt to different light conditions. They're available in various other colour options and lens types too, and the weight is just 23 grams so you'd barely notice they're on your face. The hydrophilic rubber nosepiece is supposed to provide a no-slip grip to grip firmer when you start sweating, and the arms also have a rubberised finish to keep them nice and secure around your temples. Do they leave other shades in the shade at this price point? Stu Kerton's review will be in shortly...
After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He joined road.cc in 2017 having previously being Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine, and reports on all things tech as well as editing road.cc's live blog. He is also the news editor of our electric-powered sister site eBikeTips. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake.